VA SB447 | 2016 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0)
Status: Engrossed on January 21 2016 - 50% progression
Action: 2016-03-07 - Continued to 2017 in Appropriations by voice vote
Pending: House Appropriations Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Prefiled) [HTML]


Office of the Attorney General; employment of special counsel. Provides that when entering into a contract with special counsel, the Office of the Governor or Office of the Attorney General, as applicable, must make a copy of the contract available to the public on the website of the Governor or the Attorney General. However, the Attorney General may temporarily not disclose such information upon making a written determination that such action is necessary to protect attorney-client or otherwise privileged information or that immediate disclosure of the existence of special counsel, or any other sensitive information, could compromise the initiation, handling, or conclusion of any investigation or case matter handled by the Attorney General or special counsel and might put the Commonwealth and its citizens at a disadvantage. The bill also provides that prior to entering into a contract with special counsel, the Attorney General must make a written determination that the representation is both cost effective and in the public interest. In addition, the bill (i) requires the Governor and the Attorney General to submit an annual report to the General Assembly describing the use of contracts for special counsel; (ii) provides that the Attorney General, or counsel to the Governor in cases in which the Attorney General has a conflict, shall retain control over special counsel; and (iii) limits the contingency fee that may be charged by special counsel depending on the amount recovered.

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Attorney General, Offices of; employment of special counsel.


Roll Calls

2016-03-02 - House: Reported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 7-N) (Y: 16 N: 7 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2016-02-22 - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 2-N) (Y: 7 N: 2 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2016-01-26 - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N 1-A) (Y: 21 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 1) [PASS]
2016-01-20 - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2016-01-18 - Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N) (Y: 9 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2016-03-07HouseContinued to 2017 in Appropriations by voice vote
2016-03-03HouseAssigned App. sub: General Government & Capital Outlay
2016-03-02HouseReferred to Committee on Appropriations
2016-03-02HouseReported from Courts of Justice (15-Y 7-N)
2016-02-22HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 2-N)
2016-02-16HouseAssigned Courts sub: Civil Law
2016-02-03HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2016-02-03HouseRead first time
2016-02-03HousePlaced on Calendar
2016-01-26SenateRead third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N 1-A)
2016-01-25SenatePassed by for the day
2016-01-21SenateRead second time and engrossed
2016-01-20SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
2016-01-18SenateReported from General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N)
2016-01-12SenateReferred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2016-01-12SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16101750D

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
22507(n/a)See Bill Text
22510(n/a)See Bill Text
22510.1(n/a)See Bill Text
22510.3(n/a)See Bill Text

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